Posts tagged "Florida"

Ex-Felons in Florida can now Register to Vote

Today, over a million people are eligible to register to vote in Florida after voters passed Florida Amendment 4 in the November midterms, allowing ex-felons the right to vote. In the 2018 midterms, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4, which re-instated voting rights to convicted felons as long as they have completed...

Women Win Across the Country in 2018 Midterms

Women won more seats in Congress yesterday than ever before, with over 110 women elected, including the first Muslim women, first Native American women, and two women in their twenties. The women who were elected include the former Teacher of the Year, small business owners, former military helicopter pilots, activists, a former CIA officer, and...

American College of Physicians’ New Gun violence Reduction Recommendations

On Monday, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released new recommendations in the Annals of Internal Medicine for doctors on how to reduce gun violence across the country. These recommendations were released two days after the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the United States at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the...

Death Toll from Hurricane Maria Higher Than Originally Reported

Fourteen Democrats from the House Committee on Natural Resources have called for an investigation into the Harvard study published last week that concluded Hurricane Maria caused 73 times more deaths than originally claimed by the U.S. government. 

Thousands March For Our Lives

On Saturday, thousands of people took the streets of more than 800 cities and towns around the world to take part in the March For Our Lives, a student-led movement advocating for commonsense gun reform in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 students...

Assault Weapons Ban Gets Renewed Attention

Florida State Representatives rejected a proposal Tuesday to move forward with debate on a bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The measure was rejected 36-71 as survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida watched on from the gallery in tears.

Students Demand Gun Reform, Condemn NRA Influence

Students across the country are demanding that politicians address the epidemic of gun violence and are calling out those who take money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) in exchange for silence and inaction. These actions come in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during...

Gunman Kills 17 Students and Teachers at Florida High School

On Wednesday, at least 17 teachers and students were killed by a 19-year-old man armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Time to Pass Zika Funding is Running Out as Testing Backlog Grows

It’s been more than six months since President Obama called on Congress to pass a $1.9 billion emergency Zika funding bill, but they have yet to appropriate any money towards the public health epidemic that has now infected at least 21,000 individuals in the US and its territories, 1,800 of whom are pregnant.

Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning

Yesterday, the Senate blocked the House’s inadequate Zika response bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Anti-Abortion Laws Permanently Blocked in Florida

Last week a Florida district court judge issued a permanent block on two provisions that would have prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving state or local funding, and would have forced all women’s health organizations that offer abortion services to undergo annual clinic inspections.

Federal Judge Blocks Restrictive Florida Abortion Bill

A federal judge has blocked parts of a new Florida law that aimed to limit access to abortion.
Farmworker Women Awarded $17 Million in Sexual Harassment Suit

Farmworker Women Awarded $17 Million in Sexual Harassment Suit

In a landmark victory, a federal jury unanimously decided to award a $17 million settlement to five women farmworkers who were subjected to sexual harassment and intimidation.
Conservative Lawmakers Use False Planned Parenthood Videos to Introduce New Anti-Choice Laws

Conservative Lawmakers Use False Planned Parenthood Videos to Introduce New Anti-Choice Laws

Although comprehensive investigations of Planned Parenthood continue to prove no wrongdoing, conservative politicians are using the issue to push anti-choice legislation.
President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall

President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall

Obama spoke largely about his two biggest promises for immigration reform.
Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband.
Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

The founder of Ave Maria University, Tom Monaghan - who also founded Domino's Pizza - governs the town of Ave Maria. The town only has one OB/GYN and prohibits the distribution of contraception completely.
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender worker, marking the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

According to new data, seven of the 11 major metropolitan areas with rates of uninsured people higher than the national average are in states that have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.